Illumination device with movement elements
An illumination device (A) for the illumination of illumination zones (BZ) with different light intensity and/or color temperature by means of at least one light source (L), wherein per light source (L) there is provided at least one illumination modification means (VM) in the optical path between the light source (L) and the illumination zones (BZ) having at least one movement element (BR, BV, LI, L), which is arranged movably in the illumination device (A) and which is adapted to selectively deviate and/or cover the light emitted by the at least one light source (L) by means of control means with an illumination frame rate (R) for a subsequent illumination of the illumination zones (BZ), wherein the control means are adapted to control the light intensity of each light source according to the illumination zone (BZ) currently illuminated.
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This application is a U.S. national phase of International Application No. PCT/EP2012/053101 filed Feb. 23, 2012, which designated the U.S. and claims priority to Austrian Application No. A 258/2011, filed on Feb. 25, 2011, and to Austrian Application No. A 1738/2011, filed on Nov. 24, 2011, all of which are incorporated by reference herein in their entireties.
The invention relates to an illumination device for the illumination of illumination zones with different light intensity and/or color temperature by at least one light source.
Such illumination devices are, for example, known in the field of stage illumination, wherein a spot is cardanically suspended at a ceiling. The spot may either be manually adapted, or driven by a motor, to a certain area of the stage for the illumination of this illumination zone of the stage, respectively. In order to illuminate several illumination zones on the stage simultaneously and optionally with different light intensity or color temperature, there has to be provided a sufficient number of spots at the ceiling of the stage.
With the known illumination device there has been found the disadvantage that the electric contacting of the movably arranged spots is problematic, and that breaking cable have constantly resulted in short-cuts. The setup and maintenance of a sufficient number of spots in order to illuminate a plurality of illumination zones on the stage is complex as well as expensive.
The invention is based on the task to provide for an illumination device, in which the above disadvantages are prevented. According to the invention, this task is solved by being provided per light source at least one illumination modification means in the optical path between the light source and the illumination zones having at least one movement element, which is arranged movably in the illumination device and which is formed by control means with an illumination frame rate in order to selectively deflect and/or cover the light emitted by the at least one light source for the subsequent illumination of illumination zones, wherein the control means are adapted to control the light intensity of every light source of the illumination zone currently being illuminated.
With the illumination device according to the invention there is obtained the advantage that one or several light sources are provided fixedly mounted, wherein an illumination modification means is mounted in the path of each light source, which deflects and/or covers the beam of light according to the illumination zones to be illuminated. The illumination modification means that are, for example, formed by mirrors, lenses or shutters, are moved by the control means in a way so that the light of the light sources repeatedly illuminates the illumination zones to be illuminated at the illumination frame rate.
If, for example, five persons are present on stage and if the areas surrounding the persons are to be illuminated as illumination zones, then all five illumination zones may be subsequently illuminated by means of only one light source or by means of several light sources. The illumination frame rate is then chosen so that it is not recognizable for the viewer that the five illumination zones are not each statically illuminated. From the expert field of the television technology there are, for example, known image frame rates of 50 Hz or 60 Hz, wherein for the illumination frame rate there may also be sufficient already 30 Hz in order to establish the impression of a static illumination. The light intensity of the light source(s) is controlled in the above example with five persons being present on stage so that each of the five illumination zones is illuminated with the desired light intensity and color temperature.
These and further advantages of the invention will be explained in greater detail by way of the subsequent exemplary embodiments, wherein there is to be noted that in the description of the figures the term “display device” has to be considered as equal with the term “illumination device” and that the term “picture element modification means” has to be considered as equal with the term “illumination modification means”, and that the term “illumination zone” has to be considered as equal with the term “viewing zone”, according to the applicability in the respective exemplary embodiment.
In the following description of the invention, the term display device comprises any device for the display of image information for at least one viewer or optical receiver. This includes, in particular, screens, large-scale screens or projectors as well as information boards, room illumination devices, optical communication systems and other arrays of individual picture elements (pixels) for the projection and display of image information, which may be composed of a still image, a motion picture or also only of individual picture elements and/or color/black-white areas. In the following there is made reference only to the elements of the display device that are substantial to the invention, as the expert will be well aware of, for example, elements for electricity supply of a display device or for the decoding of received video image information.
- 1. time t=t0: extension picture element 1→light source L emits image information of the first picture element, and the picture element modification means VM is in position 1.
- 2. time t=t0+Δt: extension picture element 2→light source L emits image information of the second picture element, and the picture element modification means VM is in position 2.
- 3. time t=t0+2Δt: extension picture element 3→light source L emits image information of the third picture element, and the picture element modification means VM is in position 3.
- 4. time t=t0+3Δt: extension picture element 4→light source L emits image information of the fourth picture element, and the picture element modification means VM is in position 4.
The time interval herein is Δt=1/(4R), wherein R indicates the frame rate and the time interval corresponds to a shift interval, wherein the picture element modification means VM are switched from one position into the next position, which may also be carried out continuously. The light emitted by the light source L, hence, changes with a light source frequency fL corresponding to the fourfold of the frame rate R in order to output the image information of an extension picture element per time interval. Increasing the resolution to the fourfold, hence, is made possible by the light emitted by the light source L being emitted in the time multiplex method at four sites, this is, the extension picture elements 1 to 4, which are arranged surrounding the light source L. In the case of a square picture element composed of Kres=4 extension picture elements this means that at the time t=t0 the first picture element of the image information of the video to be displayed by the display device is emitted by the light source L, the light of which is then deflected to the extension picture element 1. At t=t0+Δt the second picture element of the video is deflected to the extension picture element 2, etc., until at t=t0+3Δt the fourth picture element is deflected to the extension picture element 4. The light source frequency fL, hence, is fL=1/Δt=KresR=4 R.
In the figures the picture element modification means VM contain control means not displayed in greater detail, in which the sequence is stored when the light of the light source L is to be deflected to which extension picture element. The control means are adapted to control the movement of the individual movement elements of the picture element modification means VM according to this sequence. In the case of the realization of the picture element modification means VM by MEMS micro systems this means that the control means generate electrostatic fields and, hence, forces in order to modify the movement elements respectively into the position in correspondence with the sequence.
If there is used the autostereoscopic 3D representation, as depicted in
Display Device with Autostereoscopic 3D Representation—Two-View Display
The light source frequency fL, by means of which the image information of the 3D light source 3DL for the left eye LA, and subsequently for the right eye RA, and then alternately is changed, then is fL=1/Δt=NBZ R=2 R, where in this example the number of the viewing zones NBZ is, according to the number of the eyes of the viewer, two. The principle of the autostereoscopic 3D representation that is depicted in
Display Device with Autostereoscopic 3D Representation
An alternative realization of the autostereoscopic image illustration is the use of more than two viewing zones BZ. Such displays are designated as multi-view displays. As long as the viewer is situated in the viewing area of the width dBZ total, he/she will be in a position to perceive a stereoscopic image. For in total NBZ viewing zones BZ, each having the width dBZ, the entire viewing area is determined as
Multi-view displays do not only generate a stereo parallax, this is different images for both eyes, but rather also a movement parallax, this is, the viewer may move in the area of the width dBZ total and get a different view onto the depicted scene from every different angle. Also in a multi-view display application one may in addition use head tracking in order to send 3D image information only into those spatial areas in which there are actually viewers present.
In the multi-view display according to
For reasons of clarity, in the
For reasons of clarity, there have been assumed so far only one-dimensional viewing zones.
The viewing zones BZ may be different also in number and dimension in the x and y direction.
There is to be noted that other control order sequences than those depicted in
In order to reduce the number of different image information required at constant area, viewing zones BZ of whole columns may illustrate the same image information in a frame of the period Δt=1/R.
Elements of the Picture Element Modification Means VM
The elements of the picture element modification means VM may be distinguished into three categories of refractive, reflective and diffractive structures. In
Refractive Elements RE1
Refractive elements RE1 act on the optical path by refraction at an interface between two different media according to Snell's law. One possibility to realize refractive elements RE1 is the use of gradient index structures, wherein the refractive index is a function of the lateral coordinates. An alternative possibility is the use of structures with a surface profile, e.g., a conventional lens. In
Reflective Elements RE2
Reflective elements influence the optical path in pursuance with the laws of reflection.
Diffractive Elements DE
Diffractive elements influence the optical path on the basis of the diffraction on condition of the structure of the element of the picture element modification means VM. In general, the characteristics of diffractive structures are essentially more dependent on the wavelength of the incident light. For this reason, the suitability of using these elements with light of a relatively broad bandwidth like conventional LEDs (e.g., bandwidth B≈30 nm) is limited. In the case of light with a narrow bandwidth like lasers or special LED structures such as, e.g., SLDs or RCLEDs, diffractive elements DE constitute in the majority of cases a cheap alternative to refractive elements RE1 or reflective elements RE2 or may be used as a supplementation thereto, respectively.
Micro Apertures and Micro Shutters
By way of the above described elements of the picture element modification means, micro mirrors as well as micro lenses may be realized. Further elements of the picture element modification means VM may be micro apertures, which may limit the spatial expansion of light beams, as well as micro shutters or micro covers, which may block light or let it pass, according to control.
Improvement of the Characteristics of the Elements of the Picture Element Modification Means VM
Reduction of Chromatic Aberration
Chromatic aberration is an imaging error of optical (micro) lenses, which is caused by the wavelength dependency of the refractive index of the refractive material, which is also called dispersion. Light of different wavelengths is refracted differently, and thus the lens has different focal lengths for different wavelengths. Chromatic aberration may be reduced by the combination of several lenses of different materials. A green LED, for example, has a FWHM (full width at half maximum) bandwidth of B≈λ2−λ1=540 nm−510 nm=30 nm. If the two wavelengths that differ the most from each other, this is λ1 and λ2, are combined, this is called an achromatic correction. If further the central wavelength λc is combined with λ1 and λ2, this is designated as an apochromatic correction.
Reduction of the Rise Distance
The rise distance dR for a sufficient spatial separation may be reduced, e.g., by the so-called beam shaper SF. In the case of diffractive beam shapers, there may be obtained a variety of beam profiles in the far field due to the respective change of amplitude and phase of a spatial coherent beam. In order to reduce the rise distance dR, there may advantageously be used a beam shaper, which generates a so-called top hat beam profile, corresponding to a spatial square function in the far field.
The beam shaper SF acts only in a limited way, similar to diffractive elements DE of the picture element modification means VM, in the case of light with a relatively broad bandwidth as, e.g., of conventional LEDs. Such beam shapers may be used, however, with alternative narrow-band light sources such as, e.g., lasers or special LED structures like SLDs or RCLEDs.
Exemplary Embodiments of Different Picture Element Modification Means VM
Immovable Light Source L with Movable Picture Element Modification Means VM
Movable Light Source L with Movable Picture Element Modification Means VM
Shutters or Micro Shutters, Respectively, for Covering the Light Beams
Alternative Light Sources L
The mentioned light sources L need not necessarily be composed of one or several LEDs. Alternatively, there may also be used other light sources such as, e.g., RCLEDs, SLDs or lasers, or these may be combined with each other. It is also conceivable to couple the light into an optical waveguide, which may also present part of the picture element modification means.
Resonant-cavity LEDs (RCLEDs) use an optical resonator in order to reduce, in comparison with conventional LEDs, the divergence as well as the bandwidth of the emitted beam of light.
In so-called superluminescent LEDs (SLDs or SLEDs) photons, which are emitted through spontaneous emissions, are amplified by stimulated emission (amplified spontaneous emission ASE). SLDs have a substantially smaller temporal coherence than lasers, which is why in the image displayed by the 3D light sources 3DL there are not developed any speckles. “Speckles” is a spot-like spatial intensity distribution of coherent light, which is generated by constructive as well as destructive interference of light. The refractive index in the atmosphere that is changing in regard to space and time due to scintillation may, for example, be a reason for such an interference phenomenon. The bandwidth of the emitted light is smaller than that of conventional LEDs but substantially larger than with lasers. The divergence of the emitted beam of light may be compared to that of lasers. Due to these characteristics, SLDs are especially favorably used as light source of the 3D light source 3DL described herein.
The above described change of the directivity in the time multiplex method may not only be realized for LEDs but also for (semi-conductor) lasers. Due to the monochromaticity of lasers there may be obtained a lower residual divergence following collimation through a lens LI and, hence, a greater viewing distance at constant width of the viewing zones BZ than with conventional LEDs.
It is also possible to deflect the exit field of an optical waveguide into different directions using a picture element modification means VM in the time multiplex method. In
The light sources may either be controlled analogously or by means of pulse width modulation (PWM). A pulse width modulation with N Bit makes it possible to adapt in total 2N different intensity values. The integrated control of one or a plurality of 3D light sources 3DL may, for example, be carried out by means of application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC), field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) or complex programmable logic devices (CPLD).
Alternative Techniques for the Modification of the Directivity
Refractive Index Profile of a Waveguide
When using the output field of an optical waveguide as input field of the picture element modification means VM, the directivity may not only be modified by micro lenses, micro mirrors, micro shutters as well as micro apertures but rather also by a change of the refractive index profile of the waveguide.
Another possibility to achieve a modification of the directivity at a fine spatial resolution is to use a micro-phased-array-antenna (MPAA), which uses an array of several optical “antennas”. The directivity may be changed by changing the relative phase difference of the optical fields, which are emitted by the individual antennas. As defined phase fronts only exist with monochromatic light, the light sources of the individual optical antennas consist of, e.g., (semi-conductor) lasers.
Display Device as 3D Breaking Light
Light bulbs in breaking lights of various vehicle types are constantly being substituted for LEDs, as these in general have a longer life as well as higher efficiency. The 3D light source 3DL explained in this document may also be used to display a three-dimensional, autostereoscopic warn symbol, which warns the driver of a vehicle KFZ 2 driving behind a vehicle KFZ 1 by way of the 3D breaking light. In this way, the danger of rear-end collisions may be reduced. For example, the word “ATTENTION”, “SLOW”, “STOP” but also symbols like “!” could be displayed as autostereoscopic warn symbol as image information.
The 3D effect develops, according to the exemplary embodiment in
Adaptive Illumination and Headlights
LEDs, which are usually used for general illumination purposes, may be used as adaptive illumination by applying the picture element modification means VM as described herein. The picture element modification means VM make it possible to adaptively change characteristics such as, e.g., direction, spatial intensity distribution in the far field, divergence, power consumption etc. There may, for example, be developed a LED ceiling lighting, which illuminates only parts of a room, in which at a given point of time persons are present. It may thus also be possible to adaptively reduce the power consumption in the desired spatial target area with constant intensity due to an adaptively reducible divergence.
Due to the high flexibility such an adaptive illumination is offering, illumination of stages, for example, is one of the possible areas of application. The adaptive stage illumination using 3D light sources 3DL makes it possible to generate a substantially higher number of different visual effects than would be possible with conventional stage illumination.
The display device of the present invention may also be used as spatially and temporally adaptively controllable light source in a headlight, e.g., for vehicles. The directivity of the light emitted by the adaptive headlight may adapt to conditions of weather, light, surrounding and driving.
- The adaptive change of the directivity may be realized significantly more selectively in regard to space. It is, for example, possible to reduce the intensity in a small angular area, in which there is not present any other vehicle at a determined point of time.
- The adaptive change of the directivity may be realized significantly faster. If in the example of
FIG. 42vehicle 1 as well as vehicle 2 are each moving with a speed of 100 km/h, the relative speed of the two vehicles to each other in regard to the direction of driving is 200 km/h. In this case, the change of the directivity has to be carried out in a time range of milliseconds. Such a quick adaptation is not possible with conventional adaptive headlights with macroscopic displace or inclination, respectively, devices.
Also the combination of conventional headlights with adaptive headlights is possible. In this connection, the definitely blinding-free low beam light could, for example, be combined in a conventional embodiment with an additional adaptive illumination for areas, in which there are not present any other road users.
Adaptive Smart Lighting
“Smart lighting” is the name of a technology for the wireless optical communication using LEDs. The LEDs are herein frequently used simultaneously as ceiling lighting as well as transmitters of data. Due to a sufficiently quick modulation of the LEDs, the human eye is not able to perceive a temporal change of intensity.
The methods explained in this document in regard to the spatial deflection of light in the time multiplex method allow for the realization of an adaptive focusing, which may increase the receiver performance—and thus the obtainable data rate—as well as the interception security of a smart lighting system.
Exemplary Embodiment of an Individual 3D Light Source
The FAC lens FAC is formed cylindrically as a so-called “fast axis collimator” lens and collimates the light emitted by the laser diodes LD only in a spatial dimension, the so-called “fast axis” FA. In the direction orthogonal to the “fast axis”, the so-called “slow axis”, the laser beams hit a micro mirror that forms a movement element, in an uncollimated way. In order to keep the residual divergence of the “fast axis” small, the FAC lens FAC may have an aspherical lens profile. In order to prevent reflections, the FAC lens FAC may in addition have an anti-reflection coating.
The submount SM including the heatsink interface HSI and the micro mirror MS are mounted on a common substrate SUB. This substrate may be configured as a “molded interconnect device” MID. With the MID technology, it is possible to directly apply conductor paths and through-connections (vias) by way of different process types (e.g., laser direct structuring or two-component injection molding), which make it possible to connect the contact pads of the electrical and electro-optical components (LD, PD, MS) with contact pads on the bottom side of the 3D light source 3DL. This is advantageous for simply and directly contacting the control electronics at the bottom side.
The active surfaces of the photodiodes PD may be mounted tilted in regard to the orientation of the light sources with respect to the x- and/or y-axis in order to prevent reflections back into the light sources. Light sources LED-R, LED-G and LED-B as well as photodiodes PD may be mounted together on the submount SM depicted in
Exemplary Embodiment of Resolution Increase
Continuous Viewing Zones
With the display device A according to the invention it is possible for the very first time to implement an autostereoscopic effect without loss of resolution. The widths of the individual viewing zones BZ may further be kept very small through the collimation of the “fast axis” FA of the laser diodes LD also in very large distances. In an especially advantageous exemplary embodiment the movement elements are continuously moved and the displayed image information is synchronously in regard to time continuously changed. The collimation of the fast axis FA in combination with the continuously changing deflection of the micro mirror does not only provide for the realization of a discrete number of viewing zones BZ, as explained above, but rather also substantially any number of continuous viewing zones BZ. Upon control of the light sources, the continuous image information is interpolated preferably by suitable algorithms, as the displayed content between two adjacent viewing zones BZ does not substantially change; here the overlapping is disturbing only to a slight extent. The intensity distribution of a display device according to this concept with continuous viewing zones BZ is schematically illustrated in
The limit case of infinitesimally small expansion of the laser beam in the far field of the video screen corresponds to an exact and realistic representation of a three-dimensional content with NBZ→∞ viewing zones. If the viewer moves along the x direction, there will not be perceived any disturbing transitions between adjacent viewing zones BZ.
Exemplary Embodiment with Enlargement of Viewing Angle
In order to enlarge the angle, within which the viewer may be present in regard to the surface normal of the image wall, there exist several possibilities. A simple solution is to enlarge the maximal mechanical deflection angle of the micro mirrors. As in general for the design of such micro mirrors there has to be taken into account scanning speed, physical dimensions and deflection angle, there is a certain degree of freedom for the enlargement of the maximal mechanical deflection angle at the expense of other potentially unimportant variables.
In order to enlarge the vertical viewing angle there may furthermore be used a two-dimensional micro scanner mirror, which in addition vertically deflects the light emitted by the light sources.
The vertical viewing angle may further be enlarged by the “slow axis” divergence angle of the laser diodes being enlarged by an additional diverging lens. This diverging lens may be present in the optical path in front of or behind the micro mirror, with the latter position being preferred. Enlargement of the horizontal viewing angle by a diverging lens may also be useful—here, however, also the width of the viewing zones may be enlarged.
Vertical as well as horizontal viewing angles may be enlarged by a diffractive optical element. One possibility of realization is a diffractive beam splitter, which splits an incident beam of light into several beams of light, without significantly increasing the residual divergence. As the diffraction angles of the original beams depend on the wavelength of the light, which is different for red, green and blue, this has to be corrected by a correspondingly modified control.
Curved Autostereoscopic 3D LED Display Device
Multi-Content Display Device
By way of the display device according to the invention, it is also possible to display completely different contents for different viewers. It is, for example, possible that a first viewer watches a football match, whereas a second viewer simultaneously watches a feature film. In this connection it is also possible to display both contents in a three-dimensional way.
Alternative Light Sources
In the above mentioned exemplary embodiments there are listed the following light sources: laser, LED, superluminescent LED, resonant-cavity LED. There is to be noted that there are, for example, the following possibilities to realize a RGB light source with laser diodes:
- 3 direct laser diodes, respectively one LD for red, green and blue.
- At least one color is realized by the effect of the frequency doubling (second harmonic generation SHG).
- At least one color is realized by the effect of the luminescence conversion, which is, for example, described in the document US 2010/0118903 A1.
Background Illumination with a Display Device
The display device A according to the invention may also be used as a background illumination for screens, such as, e.g., liquid crystal displays (LCD). Conventional background illumination of such screens is currently performed either by means of cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) or by means of light emitting diodes (LED).
If the display device is used with movement elements for background illumination, there is, analogously to the increase of the resolution—the light emitted by the light sources deflected in the time multiplex method to different positions on the screen and then illuminates the screen. Thus it is possible by means of a suitable control of the light sources to selectively illuminate individual areas of the screen in order to obtain a higher contrast value. If the scene to be depicted, for example, contains an object in front of a black background, the background illumination at the positions of the black background may be completely turned off, whereas the positions of the image, at which the object is situated, are illuminated. The image information according to the invention that is displayed in the context of the background illumination, hence, is in general a black-and-white image, wherein also several gray shades are possible. In the case of CCFL background illuminations, the local selective background illumination, however, is not an option, which is why screens with this type of background illumination in general have a significantly worse black level.
Embodiment of the Background Illumination with Laser Diodes
Conventional polychromatic LCD screens use pixels, which are usually subdivided into three sub-pixels. Each of these sub-pixels is provided with a color filter, which is only transparent for a primary color (red, green or blue). The bandwidth of the filter is determined upon evaluation between high color saturation and color fidelity with a low bandwidth as well as a higher brightness of the display with a high bandwidth. With CCFL background illumination, there are given further ageing effects, which adversely affect brightness as well as spectral characteristics.
The combination of LEDs and selective color filters constitutes a significant improvement in comparison with CCFL background illumination. Nevertheless, displays with LED background illumination have a not optimal color saturation and fidelity of the light emitted by the LEDs due to the inherent characteristic of a relatively high bandwidth thereof.
The light emitted by laser diodes has, however, an extremely narrow bandwidth, which theoretically provides for a per definition perfect color saturation and color fidelity.
Another significant advantage of laser diodes as light sources for LCD screens is that the emitted light is polarized. As a LCD cell is composed of two polarizers, the axes of transmission of which are perpendicular to each other, having electrically controllable liquid crystals arranged in-between, about the half of the light power is always lost in the case of unpolarized background illuminations like LEDs or CCFLs. In the case of a background illumination with linear polarized laser light, as it is proposed in this invention, an efficiency of nearly 100% (ratio of light output emitted by the screen and light output emitted by the light sources of the background illumination) is possible.
Embodiment of the Background Illumination with Micro Mirrors
In order to provide for a narrow setup of the background illumination unit and, hence, the screen, it may be advantageous to enlarge the maximal optical deflection angle of the micro mirror by additional refractive, reflective and/or diffractive elements. Examples thereof are diverging lenses or diffraction gratings.
MEMS micro systems are known to the expert, for example, from the expert field of sensor technology, and are, for example, used for the realization of inertial sensors. The use of this MEMS technology is especially advantageous to realize movement elements for deflecting the light of a light source.
There is to be noted that the display device according to the invention may be applied in a variety of different products. By multiplication of the picture elements emitted by the light source through the picture element modification means as well as by way of deflection or bundling, respectively, of the emitted light, it is possible to realize most different new applications.
1. An illumination device, comprising:
- a common substrate,
- at least two light sources for emitting light beams,
- a micro lens configured to collimate said light beams in at least one axis, and
- an illumination modification means mounted on the common substrate in a path of the collimated light beams and having at least one movable element configured to selectively deflect or cover said collimated light beams,
- wherein the light sources are mounted on a common submount, wherein the common submount and the micro lens are mounted on a heatsink interface,
- wherein the heatsink interface is mounted on the common substrate, and
- wherein the at least two light sources are configured to emit different colors and are mounted on the common submount at different distances from the micro lens to compensate for a refractive index of the micro lens that is dependent on wavelength.
2. The illumination device according to claim 1, wherein the at least two light sources are three laser diodes of the primary colors red, green and blue.
3. The illumination device according to claim 1, wherein the common submount is made of a material that substantially does not deform upon heating.
4. The illumination device according to claim 1, wherein the heatsink interface is made of a material that substantially does not deform upon heating.
5. The illumination device according to claim 1, wherein each light source of the at least two light sources has at least one photodiode for measuring the optical output of the light source.
6. The illumination device according to claim 5, wherein the at least one photodiode is mounted together with the at least two light sources on the common submount.
7. The illumination device according to claim 5, wherein each light source of the at least two light sources is a laser diode with a front facet and a rear facet, at the rear facet of which the at least one photodiode determines the optical output of the laser diode at the front facet thereof.
8. The illumination device according to claim 7, wherein an active surface of the at least one photodiode is tilted with respect to the rear facet of the laser diode.
9. The illumination device according to claim 1, wherein the micro lens is a FAC lens.
10. The illumination device according to claim 1, wherein the at least one movable element is a micro mirror movable in one or two directions.
11. The illumination device according to claim 10, wherein the micro mirror is a MEMS device.
12. The illumination device according to claim 1, wherein the illumination modification means has at least one diffuser, beam splitter or diverging lens for enlarging the divergence angle of the light beams.
13. An illumination device, comprising:
- a substrate,
- at least two light sources for emitting light beams,
- a micro lens configured to collimate said light beams in at least one axis, and
- at least one movable element mounted on the substrate in a path of the collimated light beams and configured to selectively deflect or cover said collimated light beams,
- wherein the at least two light sources are mounted on a common submount, wherein the common submount and the micro lens are mounted on a heatsink interface,
- wherein the heatsink interface is mounted on the substrate, and
- wherein the at least two light sources are configured to emit different colors and are mounted on the common submount at different distances from the micro lens to compensate for a refractive index of the micro lens that is dependent on wavelength.
14. The illumination device according to claim 13, wherein each light source of the at least two light sources has at least one photodiode for measuring the optical output of the light source.
15. The illumination device according to claim 13, wherein the at least one movable element includes a micro mirror movable in one or two directions.
16. The illumination device according to claim 13, further comprising:
- at least one diffuser, beam splitter or diverging lens for enlarging the divergence angle of the light beams.
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Filed: Feb 23, 2012
Date of Patent: Sep 1, 2015
Patent Publication Number: 20130327966
Assignee: TriLite Technologies GmbH (Neutal Burgenland)
Inventors: Franz Fidler (Vienna), Joerg Reitterer (Vienna), Alexander Swatek (St. Michael)
Primary Examiner: Thanh Luu
Application Number: 14/001,386
International Classification: H01J 40/14 (20060101); F21V 5/04 (20060101); G02B 26/04 (20060101); G02B 26/08 (20060101); G02B 27/22 (20060101); G09G 3/00 (20060101); H04N 13/04 (20060101); F21K 99/00 (20100101); F21V 13/04 (20060101); F21V 29/70 (20150101); G09G 3/34 (20060101); B60Q 1/14 (20060101); B60Q 1/44 (20060101);